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Daisy Ridley to Play a Real-Life Spy in 'A Woman of No Importance'

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 06:06

Most people today won't know the name Virginia Hall. Then again, during World War II, most people who met Virginia Hall didn't even know her name. She went by a string of different aliases while working undercover for the United States' Office of Strategic Services (which would later become the CIA). She spent the war traversing enemy lines, covertly mapping out drop zones, feeding intel to British commandos, and even training Resistance fighters in the ways of guerrilla warfare. She...

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Buzz: Mark Hamill and Director Rian Johnson React

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 06:04

The eighth installment in the Star Wars saga now has an official title -- Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- and we've had a day to consider the implications of that title. While the title came as a surprise to almost everybody, two people had a little advance knowledge and have shared their feelings.. Mark Hamill, who will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker, says he was told the title while the movie was being made. In the Associated Press video below (via ScreenCrush), he gives his charming...

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News Briefs: 'Doctor Strange' Director Rules Out Nothing for Sequel

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 19:21

Doctor Strange 2: Scott Derrickson (above left), who cowrote and directed Doctor Strange to great success, including an Academy Award nomination, says: “I wouldn’t necessarily rule anything out" for the movie's sequel. "The alternate dimensions and possibilities of the multiverse that we set up with the first film already give limitless possibilities. What I will say is that the goal would not be to underutilize that, or to create something that was less innovative than...

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Michelle Rodriguez Is a Hit Man Trapped in a Woman's Body in 'The Assignment' Trailer

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 06:04

Possibly this year's most controversial release, The Assignment debuted at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews and some protests from the transgender community. There's still no official release date from U.S. distributor Saban Films, but a trailer has just made its way online, and we'll let you judge for yourself on its subject matter. The Assignment, which used to be titled (Re) Assignment, stars Michelle Rodriguez as the new physical...

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Another Female Lead Set for 'Jurassic World 2'

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 06:02

Jurassic World resurrected Steven Spielberg's dinosaur franchise, imagining a theme park that posed all manner of new dangers when the operators decide to introduce a new type of attraction to boost sagging attendance. The movie was a staggering success, earning more than $1.6 billion worldwide. Naturally, a sequel was ordered and now that Jurassic World 2 is gearing up for production, new cast members are falling into place. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning as Owen, a...

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The 2017 Oscar Nominations: 'La La Land' Leads the Pack

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 05:00

It's an honor just to be nominated, right? Well, then, this is the truly biggest day of the year for Hollywood and many of the stars and movies of the previous year. The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced this morning, via livestream, and as expected La La Land led the pack. The film is tied for the record with 14 nominations. Other records: Six black actor/actress nominees is the most ever for one year. There are two black screenwriters for the first...

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News Briefs: 'Krampus' Director Confirmed to Helm 'Godzilla 2'

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:53

Godzilla: King of Monsters: Michael Dougherty (Krampus, above) will direct the sequel to Godzilla. The report first surfaced last October and has now been confirmed. Dougherty and Zach Shields are writing the screenplay for Godzilla: King of Monsters, which is scheduled for release on March 22, 2019, to be followed by Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020. [Variety]   Baby Driver: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Eiza Gonzalez are featured in a new photo from Edgar...

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Celebrate Your Favorite Dog with These Cookies

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:00

  In the movie A Dog’s Purpose, the devoted soul of a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) lives many lifetimes in the forms of many adorable dog breeds in a search to discover the meaning of his own existence. In the spirit of the movie, here's how to make your own unique doghouse cookies. They can be decorated any way you like, to reflect the style of your own beloved pup. Various colored sprinkles and icings give each cookie its own flair.  You can even add a little icing bone...

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Tissue Alert: Must-See Sad and Silly Dog Movies for Families

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00

Since the dawn of cinema there’s one constant box office draw for families: put a dog in the movie and we will come. A Dog’s Purpose, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, is the latest film fetching us to the theater. Early reviews have already established the need for families to bring a few hankies as the story follows the life lessons a dog learns as he is reincarnated through several lives. Weepy canine flicks are practically classic cinema and here's a list...

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Is the Official Title of 'Episode VIII'

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:44

You can stop calling it Star Wars: Episode VIII now. Disney just made it official. The next entry in the main saga will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It's a good, clean, simple title. So let's obsess over what exactly it implies.     Option A: The Singular Jedi In the vernacular of Star Wars, the plural form of jedi is also jedi. We know the new movie, written and directed by Rian Johnson, has Luke Skywalker as its main emotional driving force. So the...

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Tom Cruise and Ryan Reynolds Are on the Short List of Actors for 'Green Lantern Corps'

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:14

It worked for the X-Men franchise. Ryan Reynolds played Deadpool in a terrible movie that fans hated, but they put X-Men Origins: Wolverine behind them and got him back for a new take on the character, and it was a massive hit. Now Warner Bros. seems to want Reynolds back as Hal Jordan for another go at Green Lantern.   According to the Wrap, the studio has a short list of actors it is interested in pursuing for the role of Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps, the DC...

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James Cameron Planning New 'Terminator' with 'Deadpool' Director

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:12

Released when he was just 32, James Cameron's The Terminator immediately established him as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. The sci-fi thriller, made for an estimated $6.4 million, earned more than $80 million worldwide, an enviable return on investment for a movie that wasn't made for a major studio. Cameron, who worked initially as an art director, production designer and special visual effects artist before making his directorial debut on Piranha II: The Spawning,...

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Here's Everything You Want to Know About the Ending of 'Split' (Spoilers, Obviously)

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:11

If you haven't seen M. Night Shyamalan's new movie Split, stop reading this post.           Seriously. It's full of spoilers.           This is the last warning.           If you've made it this far, we assume you've either seen Split or just love reading spoilers. Whatever the case, let's cut to the chase. How cool is it...

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News Briefs: Woody Harrelson Talks His 'Star Wars' Character Opposite Han Solo

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 20:27

Han Solo: Woody Harrelson (The Edge of Seventeen, above), recently confirmed to be appearing in the upcoming Star Wars movie that will revolve around Han Solo, was asked if he would be playing Garrish Shrike, a mentor to Solo who was first introduced in a Star Wars novel. Harrelson hesitated, asked for the question to be repeated, and hesitated again before replying: "Yes, I am." Later a Lucasfilm executive cast doubt on which question Harrelson was answering. [Variety via CinemaBlend]...

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'Resident Evil': Catch Up on Previous Chapters Before 'The Final Chapter'

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:06

The final installment in the blockbuster Resident Evil franchise opens in theaters everywhere January 27. Before catching Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, refresh your memory with our Resident Evil “CliffsNotes” followed by a teaser of what’s in store for the sixth and Final chapter. Chapter One: Resident Evil (2002) The Final Chapter’s trailer promises that the new sequel will end “where it all began.” Where it all began was the Hive, an underground...

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‘Life’: 5 Big Questions Answered About the Mysterious R-Rated Alien Thriller

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:38

One of the biggest question marks of the 2017 movie slate is Life. Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick, the writing duo behind Deadpool, penned this near-future sci-fi thriller about astronauts aboard the International Space Station who find life on Mars. But even though Ryan Reynolds is also in a starring role, making for a three-way Deadpool reunion, things are more dangerous than comical. We’ve seen a trailer, but it still left much to the imagination. So, here’s what we were able...

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain to Star in Video Game Adaptation 'The Division'

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 06:23

Every movie adaptation is bound to have its own unique set of obstacles. That's just what happens when you move from one medium to another. Maybe a comic book's art style is a huge part of its appeal. Maybe a hit book is filled with inner monologues you just can't re-create in a movie. In the case of video game adaptations, the obstacle is what happens when you remove the interactivity from something that is inherently interactive. Thankfully that's less of a problem...

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Superhero Buzz: The Rock's Black Adam Goes Solo, 'Avengers: Infinity War' Will Visit Many Worlds, and More

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 06:21

Whether you're a Marvel junkie or a DC junkie or both, we've got some updates on the big superhero cinematic universes for you:   Black Adam We've been hearing about a Shazam! movie for the DC extended universe for a while, particularly as it would involve Dwayne Johnson playing the villain Black Adam. But because Johnson is such a big deal, his baddie is now getting his own separate movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Adam will be an...

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Miguel Ferrer, Character Actor Extraordinaire, Passes Away at 61

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 06:14

Actor Miguel Ferrer, known for a variety of distinctive roles in movies and television shows, has passed away, according to Variety. He was 61. The son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney and cousin of George Clooney began his entertainment career as a musician before turning to acting, landing his first role in 1981. He began popping up in television shows and movies, then broke through in a big way as the nasty and ambitious corporate stooge Bob Morton in RoboCop (above). Note: clip...

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From Smurfs to Emojis: Sony Shares 2017 Animation Slate

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 23:35

Last year, Sony Pictures Animation brought the most downloaded game of all time to the screen with the 3D computer-animated Angry Birds. And now, the studio is revving up with a fresh slate of family-friendly fare for 2017 and beyond. Films to look forward to focus on everything from Smurfs to emojis to Spider-Man. There’s even an animated musical featuring the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. "Each movie really reflects the unique take and vision of the filmmaker...

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